The Arsenal board are reportedly set to ‘warn’ Arsene Wenger not to ‘dither’ in the transfer market this summer but do they really have any power over him?
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On Monday, a report from the BBC‘s David Ornstein, A.K.A. the Ornacle, revealed that Wenger had met with Arsenal’s majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke, to discuss his future and the board would be informed of the decision during their scheduled meeting on Tuesday.
The Daily Mail understand that during said meeting, board members, which include Ken Friar, Chairman Sir Chips Keswick, and Lord Harris of Peckham, as well as Ivan Gazidis, will ‘urge’ Wenger not to ‘dither’ in the transfer market this summer.
Apparently, they’re sick and tired of the boss leaving transfers to the last day and want him to conduct business early.
This includes wrapping up new contracts for existing players, such as Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, who have both been linked with moves away now that Arsenal have failed to secure Champions League football next season.
However, considering Ornstein’s original report that the board will merely be informed of Wenger and Kroenke’s decision on whether the seven-time FA Cup winner will stay in north London, do they really have any power over how he conducts his transfer business?
Wenger has been running the club this way for years: his way. And while the club does appear to want to shake things up a bit, old habits die hard.